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* Sri Lanka's accountability issue will not go away unless government agrees to international involvement - Tamil MP
Sat, Dec 7, 2013, 10:17 pm SL Time, ColomboPage News Desk, Sri Lanka.

Dec 07, Colombo: Sri Lanka's major Tamil political party, the Tamil National Alliance (TNA) says international involvement is needed to resolve the accountability issues and bring reconciliation.

TNA parliamentarian, M.A. Sumanthiran has said in parliament that that if the government agrees to an international inquiry or at least an international involvement in the process of resolving the differences, it will move the country forward.

He noted that Sri Lanka now has a great opportunity to agree to a process under the aegis of the United Nations.

Pointing out that questions of accountability will never go away until they are met squarely and sincerely, Sumanthiran said the government must make use of the opportunity to bring an end to the misery suffered by people for decades in the country.

He added that the External Affairs Ministry should take note of this fact and redirect its course.

According to Sumanthiran, the time between now and the next UN Human Rights Council (UNHRC) sessions that is less than six months away is enough if the government acts with sincerity.

The international community is pressuring Sri Lankan government to conduct a credible and transparent inquiry into the allegations of war crimes and human rights violations to address the accountability issue.

British Prime Minister David Cameron warned the government that UK will use whatever in their power at the UNHRC to bring an international probe if Sri Lankan government fails to conduct an independent probe by March 2014.

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